Part of the Art and Science of Photovoltaics Series The photovoltaic (PV) industry has seen recent unprecedented growth in interest around the world. Many see this clean and abundant techlogy as the perfect power of the future. Written for those new to the industry, Introduction to Photovoltaics provides readers with an overview of PV principles and concepts and lays the groundwork for future study. With a focus on the fundamentals, this text highlights the components, system types, business aspects, and the future of this advancing industry. It provides readers with a solid foundation for continuing a PV-related career. About the Series: The Photovoltaics (PV) industry stands on the brink of a revolution. The appeal of a new and growing industry has brought an influx of new PV professionals to the market, but the availability of educational resources has t kept pace with market demands. This gap has led to serious quality and performance issues that the industry will need to face in the decades ahead. The Art and Science of Photovoltaics series was developed to fill this education gap. Each book in the series goes beyond simple systematic processes by tackling performance challenges using a systems perspective. Readers do t learn PV design and installation steps in a vacuum; instead they gain the kwledge and expertise to understand interrelationships and discover new ways to improve their own systems and positively contribute to the industry.